Guide to Choosing the Right Proposal Consultant
The proposal activities for the government projects and activities often peak in the summers. It is at this time that all the requests for proposals that tenderers wait for come to fall.
In order to be able to handle the workload in proposals and as well get extra advise and expertise for the must win tenders or even get the objective opinion on how they can present their preferred solutions, most of the companies turn to the services of the proposal consultants. When such a time comes when you will need help from a proposal consultant, there are some things that you need to know of and some of these are as we have mentioned below.
First, you need at least 12 people to develop a typical proposal and this will take around 30 days at least and in most cases it doesn’t go beyond 45 days. For this reason, when you are looking at such a season as of high season as when this falls, it is often the case that you would be well advised to consider supplementing your in-house team with consultants. Talking of a proposal consultants team, this is surely a team as it comes made up of such persons as the proposal managers, the volume lead managers, subject matter experts, technical writers, graphic artists, editors, production experts and coordinators. From the above, it is to be noted that each of them will specialize in some sort of aspect of the proposal development and for this reason, you need to know which skills are they that you want for you to strengthen your proposal team before you start looking for a proposal consultant.
Ensure that you have engaged or contracted the proposal consultant early enough. By and large, it is advisable for you to consider selecting and engaging the proposal consultants early enough even before the release of the RFPs, “requests for proposals”. This is considering the fact that working the tasks before the proposals, before the release of the RFPs is such a sure way to boost your chances and ease the workload that is always there as you build your proposal. It is generally advisable to give your consultants some good time to work on their assignments and tasks working on the proposal for you to be better placed an so assured to end up with a better product at the end of the day.